Thursday, May 21, 2015

I PASSED THIS WAY by Patricia Crandall, dedicated to Babcock Lake (book of Poetry)


I Passed This Way is a second printing of a book of published poetry descriptive of the four seasons. It takes you through a winter wonderland, a spring rebirth, summer fantasies and the vivid colors of autumn. The dedication is a poem to Babcock Lake, a special place in the Grafton Mountains to live and visit.



Patricia Crandall has published numerous articles and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. She has five books in print including I Passed This Way, Melrose, Then And Now, a historical volume, The Dog Men, a thriller, and Tales of an Upstate New York Bottle Miner, non-fiction, and Pat’s Collectibles, a collection of short stories. She lives with her husband, Art, and a cat, Betti, at Babcock Lake in the Grafton Mountains near Petersburgh, New York. Visit her at authorpcrandall.blogspot.com



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Why did you decide to write this book? Secrets is a natural outgrowth of The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween.  Afterall, we all grow older, whether we wish to stop time or not, and so does the girl.  I wanted to take her into her early teen years in this book, so she could come alive with so many of the issues, feelings and happenings that we all go through or have gone through. 

Can you tell us a bit about the book?  You know, I'm a positive psychologist and a school psychologist.  So Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen is more than light fiction.  It is a girl's story that has within it so many issues and feelings that can be discussed and processed.  Some of these are a crush (who hasn't had one), having to move, family issues including parents that fight, sibling problems including a baby, best friends, both old and new, school bullies, worries about illness and death in the extended family, family secrets.  And I could go on with the list!  The girl deals, handles and lives through all of the above. 

Is there a message in your story that you want your readers to grasp?  Yes, I want to the reader to realize that growing up is not a piece of cake, but we all do it and the more we help kids work their way through some difficulties the more likely they will grow up strong and resilient!
Do you have any projects you’re working on right now?  Yes, I am contemplating the third book in this series, how old should the girl now be?  What should happen to her? And I just revised the play version, The Locket,  of The Truth and Secrets, which I am planning to produce soon.  You can find girls playing The Girl and her best friend Angela on my You Tube Playlists: The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween, The Truth and Secrets. I am also getting ready to work on the next installment in my romance mystery book for women: Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery....

What would you like our readers to know about you? As I mentioned above I am a psychologist so I bring the passion of helping people to my endeavors as an author!

For what one accomplishment would you most like to be remembered? That is hard.  I would say I would like to be remembered as a Pathfinder in the field of Positive Psychology for Women and I would like the Girl in both The Truth and Secrets to be known as a special girl, like Laura in Little House on the Prairie, who reaches out via her life and feelings to millions of other girls! 

Can you share your website and any sites you'd like us to see?  www.thetruthforgirls.com,www.enchantedself.com,  Dr Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author on Facebook,www.authors&technology.com , Truth4girls@twitter.com

What steps do you take to market your book?  My books were picked up by Sky Pony Press which has greatly helped in the marketing of them. 
Where can our readers find your book(s)?  Amazon and all other outlets and stores.

Thank you for doing the interview. Is there anything you'd like to add? Love to hear from anyone who reads Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen.  Write to me at drbarbara@enchantedself.com and also put up a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.  Thank you so much for a chance to talk about Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Monday, March 2, 2015

ROMANCING THE VINES by author, CATHERINE MACDONALD BOOK TOUR

ROMANCING THE VINES
By
Catherine MacDonald


Francesca Bernard is a vintner in the Sonoma Valley who just can't seem to perfect her wine, her finances, and her love life. She finds herself torn between the man she lives with and the man she loves. A letter arrives from a long-lost cousin encouraging her to travel to Italy to uncover the secret to her wine and her heart. Tension is tight around the vineyard, so she leaps at the chance. Once in Italy, her cousin notices Francesca's torment and convinces her to visit the local seer, who is known to help lost souls. The old woman propels her back through time on a heart-pounding quest where she visits three lives where her survival was in jeopardy. Armed with the secrets and truths, she finally understands how the love, lust, and revenge they have endured for centuries holds the answers to her present survival.

Magna gathered Francesca's hand into her own cool gnarled ones and stroked them lightly. "Listen dearie. No one is allowing you to remain innocent and stuck on the wheel of life and death for eternity, but yourself. Even though the mind forgets, the soul remembers. Hopefully by examining these lifetimes you will understand the truth. You are responsible for the life you have—no one else."

INTERVIEW:


1. Give us a brief synopsis of your latest work.   Romancing the Vines is the sequel to Season of the Vineyard. It completes the saga of Francesca, Enrico, and Giancarlo. Francesca is a vintner who just can't seem to perfect her wine, her finances, and her love life. On a visit to Italy, Francesca is propelled back through time on a heart-pounding quest where she visits three lives in which her survival was in jeopardy. Armed with the secrets and truths, Francesca finally understands who the love, lust, and revenge the three of them have endured for centuries hold the answers to her present survival.

2. What got you into writing? As a former school teacher and English major, I've always loved the written word. I'm one of those people who continually have her head stuck in a book or my Kindle. I started writing when I was a child, but it never took off until my own children were older and I had the "room of my own".

3. What genres do you like to read and write? I like to read juicy novels with characters I'd like to sit down and chat with. I enjoy writing historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and spiritual fiction. When the story idea appears in my mind, it's my job to chip away to find the story. Sometimes it takes awhile to flush out the characters and plot.

4. What is your process for developing characters? Do you people watch and base characters off of what you see? Or are your characters complete figments of your imagination? I love people watching. It's where I find some of my best characters. Sometimes I create a character like I would a recipe—a little bit of this and a little bit of that, stir it together, and look at what you've created.

5.  Do you have any works in mind that you've not yet written? If so, what are they? I have an entire drawer full of notebooks containing sketches of stories. Currently, I am working on a novel set in 1923 in the era of speakeasies, the mob, and illegal alcohol.

6.  What inspired you to write your most recent story? I had readers ask for the sequel for Seasons of the Vineyard, so I wrote Romancing the Vines. The current story I'm working on came from research during Prohibition in my city. Did you know Reno was one of the wettest cities during Prohibition and it was controlled by a mob? No, well I didn't either until I started my research.

7.  Where can potential readers find your work? I am on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. You can visit my website for links: www.supernovel.com
8.  Where can readers connect with you socially online? My website and blog: www.supernovel.com  There you will find links to twitter and facebook.

BIO:

Catherine MacDonald writes about vibrant, brave, strong, and hardy women. Growing up in Sacramento, California her library card was her passport, and the books she read were her adventures.
Always fascinated by the written word, after college Catherine took her keen love of books to the classroom for twenty-five years.
Catherine uses her dreams, visions, and experiences to create her multi-layered themes of love, relationships, and spirituality.
She is the proud mother of two grown children (and son-in-law) and nana to three wonderful grandchildren.
She lives in a cozy house filled with books, Lulu the labradoodle, and her husband Paul. She invites you to read her books and enter her characters' lives.


Thank you Catherine for doing the interview and letting my readers know more about you and your works. You are a pleasure to work with and love your books. 

If you are interested in having Catherine MacDonald on your blog, please let me know. Also, you can read more of her strong female characters in all her books on www.supernovel.com  





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

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